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TECH154-0709: Equine Anatomy and Physiology

Cindy Ann Shower, DVM

July 6-September 6, 2009
Real Time Sessions: Sunday evenings, July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2009; 9:00pm-10:30pm ET (USA)

This course is designed to give the basic understanding of equine anatomy and normal physiology. Special attention will be given to understanding form versus function when discussing each lesson. Each lesson will be designed around a system approach with discussion of the anatomy of a body system and then the physiology of the system presented.

Ann Shower, DVM has a special interest in equine medicine and surgery and raises Ponies of the Americas when off duty from working at her practice in Hawaii. Ann was the principal large animal (equine) practitioner for Rabun animal Hospital in Mountain City Georgia, previous owner of Leap of Faith Mobile Veterinary Services which emphasized equine work and currently retaining a high interest in equine work and equine relief, currently practices in Ewa Beach, HI.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to


Week 1: Overview of anatomical Terms and the Integument
Our first lecture will include an overview and review of basic anatomical terms. We will also cover the integument (skin) of the horse, its structure and function.

Week 2: Musculoskeletal System Part 1
The first half of musculoskeletal system will focus on the overall skeleton of the horse with emphasis on major landmarks. The major muscle groups of the back, neck, head, shoulder and pelvis will be discussed.

Week 3: Musculoskeletal System Part 2
The second half of musculoskeletal system will finish up on part 1 and then proceed to a deeper discussion of the structure and function of the equine limb.

Week 4: Cardiopulmonary System
These lectures will emphasis the anatomy and physiology of the heart, lungs, and vasculature system of the horse. The lymphatic system will also be covered during this section. Special emphasis will be placed on the cardio respiratory adaptations of the equine during exercise. (time permitting)

Week 5: Gastrointestinal System
The gastrointestinal system anatomy, its function, and its limitations will be discussed. Although not a disease oriented course colic will be discussed.

Week 6: Ophthalmology/Neurology
Anatomy of the nervous system and the equine eye will be discussed. Special adaptations of the equine eye will be mentioned. Basic normal physiology of both systems will be covered.

Week 7: Endocrine/Immunology
The endocrine system, its purpose and its physiology will be covered. The immune system, its structure, purpose and physiology will be covered.

Week 8: Reproduction
Anatomy of the male and female equine reproductive systems will be described. Physiology of both systems along with emphasis on the estrus cycle, spermatogenesis, and fetal development will be covered.

Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.

Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.


$240 ($216.00 early bird special if registered before June 22, 2009).
*Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status). You must include the following information in the comments section on the payment page of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.

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